ERIC Number: ED434274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to State Laws and Regulations on Professional School Counseling.
Professional school counselors are required by law and/or regulation in every state to obtain a state-issued credential in order to be employed in public schools. In some states, this credential is called "certification"; others term it "licensure" or "endorsement." This guide provides two charts and information introducing and explaining each. The first chart summarizes the requirements and qualifications needed to obtain school counseling credentials in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This chart provides information on educational, experience, and examination requirements, reciprocity, and background checks. It tells which states mandate counseling, at which grade level (K-8 or 9-12) it is mandated, the counselor to student ratio, the source of the mandate, who funds the mandate, and whether or not a mandate is being considered. Examples of state mandates from Georgia, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and South Carolina are provided. Statements from the American School Counselor Association explain the role of school counselors and comprehensive school counseling programs. (MKA)
Descriptors: Background, Comprehensive Guidance, Comprehensive Programs, Counselor Certification, Counselor Client Ratio, Counselor Qualifications, Counselor Role, Credentials, Educational Experience, Elementary Education, Experience, Financial Support, Position Papers, School Counseling, School Counselors, School Guidance, Secondary Education, State Legislation, State Regulation, Tests
American Counseling Association, Office of Public Policy and Information, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 ($10). Tel: 800-347-6647, ext. 222 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Office of Public Policy and Information, Alexandria, VA.